World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Delaware International Speedway
The Outlaws will join the Delaware International Speedway regulars and regional dirt late model competitors from all around the Mid-Atlantic states in competing for the event’s $10,000 winner’s paycheck.
Top 5 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Standings
- Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA
- Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV
- Chub Frank of Bear Lake, PA
- Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY
- Morgan Bagley of Longview, TX
Delaware International Speedway drivers such as Donald Lingo Jr. of Millsboro, Del., Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del., and Ricky Elliot of Seaford, Del., could be a few of the home-state drivers to contend in Thursday’s race against the Outlaws.
Ross Robinson of Georgetown, Del. will also be racing Thursday night against the Outlaws. Ross has been racing for 18 years and has raced against the Outlaws before. We caught up with Ross and asked him about the opportunity to race against the Outlaws again this weekend.
How did you get started with racing?
My dad raced for years. It has kind of been a family thing. I’ve grown up around it. I did other sports and other things, but they just didn’t interest me. Once I got racing, it’s all I ever focused on – all I ever wanted to do. Nothing else ever mattered but racing.
You raced with the Outlaws before. How was that experience?
It was cool. I toured with them guys for 3 years. I was a crew chief for John Lobb and Tim Fuller and worked with Shane Clanton as well with Kennedy Motorsports. I got to know a bunch of the guys that run in the series. It was a learning experience to help my program and help better myself. In June, I raced with them in New York and Canada and it was all about more races and different places and just to learn and get better.
Excited to race with Outlaws again in your home state?
Yeah, it is always nice when they come to you. But tracks that I race at regularly, I wouldn’t ever say you get an advantage on them guys because they do it for a living for a reason. But, I feel like it does help you because you feel like you know what you’re getting into versus somewhere you don’t run at weekly. So it helps, but you’re always playing catch up to them guys.
What does a driver like yourself do to prepare for a big race like this?
I try to go into every race like it is a World of Outlaws race, because that’s the mentality I kind of have drilled into my head. I feel like we’re preparing for this race just like we have every other race. You get all your tires ready, you go through the car, your maintenance program. Me and Logan have a checklist we go through every week. We’re really preparing no different for this one than we would any other race we go to. We go to every race to make sure we are perfect and get in it, and that we can finish it and try to get the best run that we can.
What is your favorite part about racing?
I would definitely say the competition. This is the most humbling sport there is. You can feel on top of the world, like you’re the best there is, and then the very next night, you can be knocked right to the bottom and feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. There is no other sport feeling that racing can give you. It’s tough to explain it until you’ve done it, but the competition is so tough you just have to keep pushing yourself to get better.
Ross would like to thank the following for helping get to where he is today: Stockley Materials, Iron Source, D.R.’s Lawn Maintenance, LLC., pit crew members Logan and Dan, parents, grandparents, my family, my girlfriend Amanda, Richard D. Whaley Concrete Construction, Sussex Yard Waste Removal, Russ Palmer Builders, C.R. Robinson & Sons, Hardscrapple Express, and Clements Racing Engines.
Thursday night’s program includes time trials, heat races, Last-Chance Showdowns, and a 50-lap A-Main. The Delaware International Speedway Vintage division will also be racing Thursday evening.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Fulton Bank 50
When: Thursday, Aug. 13
Where: Delaware International Speedway
Time: Gates open at 4 p.m., racing begins at 7 p.m.
Price: General admission – $26 adults, $5 ages 7-13, free for children under 6
Pit admission – $35 adults, $10 ages 7-13